What hormone doctor gets the pleasure of hearing their patients exclaim, “Doc, I feel fantastic!” “I feel like I’m 22 again.” “I just can’t believe how good my libido is—just like it used to be.” “I’m no longer on cholesterol or blood pressure medication. I can’t believe it is this simple!” Well, these are some of the incredulous comments men offer after they have been treated for Low-T Syndrome with bioidentical hormone replacements.
What is Low-T?
Low Testosterone Syndrome, frequently called Low-T Syndrome, can affect males of any age. It is increasingly being recognized as an important cause for many of the diseases men acquire as they age and enter andropause. Some of these low testosterone symptoms in men include high cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, and prostate cancer. Not only does testosterone prevent the occurrence of many diseases, but it also enhances the male libido, quality of erections, confidence, decision-making abilities, muscle mass, red blood cell formation, mood, and memory.
Testing for Low-T
When a male tests low for his blood testosterone levels, it is a good indication of Low-T Syndrome. While it affects many men as they age, especially after the age of 45, low testosterone symptoms most definitely affect young men. The military studied young men fighting in Desert Storm and found that after being in battle for two weeks, their 19 and 20 year old soldiers developed testosterone levels comparable to those of pre-pubescent boys.
At The Hall Health and Longevity Center, we tested young UC Berkeley undergrads after finals, and found remarkably low testosterone levels in men, confirming that stress plays an important role in suppressing men’s testosterones levels.
Low Testosterone Symptoms in Men
The various symptoms of low testosterone include low energy, decreased muscle mass, erectile dysfunction and low libido, depression, anxiety, belly fat, rapid skin aging, loss of confidence, and sleeplessness. The most prominent of these symptoms is undoubtedly having a low sex drive or low libido.
Abdul Traish, Professor of Biochemistry and Urology at Boston University, has shown conclusively that testosterone is critical for attaining erections. Recent studies in humans show that there are receptors for testosterone in the corpora cavernosa of the penis, the chambers where erection takes place.
These receptors send out chemical signals involved in the erection process. Although testosterone treatment alone has not always been a complete solution, using it in supplementation with ED medication has proven to be a valuable technique.
How Hormone Replacement can Help
Bioidentical hormone replacements provide the solution for low testosterone symptoms in men and bring testosterone back to youthful levels. Testosterone may be replaced with natural hormone replacement injections, effective testosterone supplements, creams, or gels. At The Hall Center, we individualize your treatment right down to the cellular level. We offer hormone testing with a variety of other hormones, replacing as many as ten major hormones, ensuring they’re all back to youthful, ideal levels.
Other natural treatments for low testosterone symptoms in men include estrogen therapy to reduce the amount of estrogen a man produces. An enzyme in fatty tissue called aromatase, converts testosterone into estradiol, which is not considered beneficial for men. Supplementing with zinc daily will help inhibit this enzymatic process in the liver to help reduce estrogen levels.
Alcohol is another culprit, as more than two drinks a day can create hormone imbalance, inhibiting your system from clearing estrogen from the body. Our advice is to limit alcohol consumption to one or two drinks a day. This amount of drinking has been correlated with men who experience less sudden death and increased longevity, compared to non drinkers.
The Effects of Treatment
Men respond so quickly to treatment with bioidentical hormone replacements for testosterone that they frequently express regret over having waited so long to get help for low testosterone symptoms in men. “I guess men just don’t like to think there’s anything wrong with them,” many have exclaimed. That being said, side effects, when they occur, are transient and mild, while the benefits are rapid and last a lifetime.
An important finding in the New England Journal of Medicine, states that there is no relationship between high levels of testosterone in a man’s blood and the subsequent likelihood of developing prostate cancer, which was previously a strong concern for men taking T-treatments. In fact, current thinking links high testosterone with decreased prostate cancer.
If you’re experiencing low testosterone symptoms, visit The Hall Center today for the best in hormone therapy and effective testosterone supplements.